the following is from michelle grattan, in the age, yesterday 2 july, 2006.
"John Howard is obsessive about David Hicks - there is no other word for it."
GO MICHELLE. YOU TELL IT LIKE IT IS, BABY.
"The PM has become a crusader against someone who, whatever he did - which was unsavoury but in the end didn't amount to anything with tangible consequences - has alread paid the price many times over.
Hicks' training with al-Qaeda did not break the Australian law at the time. It didn't produce any terrorist act, or plan for one. It can't justify the extreme punishment to which he has been subjected."
"Yet nothing shakes the Howard Government's conviction, or its willingness to go along with what George Bush wants to do about the Guantanamo prisoners. It remains unswayed by the intense and mounting international criticism of Guantanamo Bay."
"If it had been behaving rationally, the Australian Government would have insisted on the return of Hicks long ago."
"Now that the Howard Government has been hung out to dry along with Bush by the United States Supreme Court's king hit against the President's military commission system, a pragmatic response would be to say, "Enough, send him home please." Instead, Howard is simply stepping up efforts to paint Hicks as a major villain."
the last word must go to michael mori, hicks' american lawyer, who said:
" The Australian Government was the only government that ever said the commissions were appropriate for their citizens, that they (would) provide a fair trial. Not even the US (accepted the commissions for its citizens)."
THE ONLY GOVERNMENT
NOT EVEN THE US ACCEPTED THE COMMISSIONS FOR ITS CITIZENS
have a great day all.